Thieves rob house while owners take part in clean-up

first_imgHeartless thieves targeted the home of a Letterkenny family taking part in their community’s annual clean-up.The robbery took place at a private home in the Glencar Manor area on Sunday afternoon last, August 4th.Thieves used a stone to break a window before accessing the house using keys on the inside back door of the house. Once inside the thieves stole 3 mobile phones, €50 in cash and five packets of cigarettes.The break-in occurred between 3pm and 5.30pm.Gardai in Letterkenny who are investigating the break-in have described it as particularly mean.Thieves rob house while owners take part in clean-up was last modified: August 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglaryclean-upGardaiGlencar Manorletterkennylast_img read more

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SA recruitment on Facebook

first_imgJanine ErasmusTo many, Facebook is nothing more than a frivolous way of wasting time. Others consider it a useful way of keeping in touch with friends and family, especially those far away. Now a South African recruitment company is using it innovatively – for skills recruitment.Quest Flexible Staffing Solutions announced in April 2008 that it had launched a Facebook application designed to assess personality types and establish a line of contact between applicant and agency. The Work Personality Quiz is considered to be a first among recruitment companies in South Africa, says Quest managing executive Margot Errington. “Quest is a frontrunner in South Africa in developing and launching a Facebook application as a skills recruitment device.”There is sound logic behind the decision to launch on Facebook. According to internet information company Alexa, Facebook is the second most-accessed site from South Africa, coming in ahead of the likes of YouTube, News24, Amazon.com and Cricinfo. Online reputation company Rapleaf has released data that places more than half of Facebook’s 70-million users into a single age category. The 18-25 year category encompasses a full 52% of users, while 21% fall into the 26-35 year group. These are prime ages for employability.Quest is well aware of this, and aims to take full advantage of the potential for finding skilled professionals with this very unusual method. “The social networking environment of Facebook is an untapped community wherein skilled job seekers interact,” says Errington.In designing the application Quest also intends to brand itself as an innovator in the staffing solutions sector and source credible, qualified leads for positions offered, as well as creating a pleasant work-seeking association in people’s minds.Quest scooped the national award for the best human resources service provider in 2007. Awarded by the body known as Business Process enabling South Africa, the award recognises top achievers in the field of business process outsourcing.Getting connected with Quest and FacebookIn order to connect with Quest, users must add the application to their Facebook profile. Once this is done the user can take the test, which consists of 15 situations that may happen in the real workplace, and a choice of responses for each one. The responses will reflect the user’s style of decision-making and, says Errington, will help them establish what role they would be likely to play in a team.“Our Facebook application is essentially the first step in a recruitment process,” she says. When the test is completed a cartoon-like character corresponding to a certain personality type appears in the application box on the user’s profile page. The user can also choose to receive notifications of relevant job opportunities from Quest, based on their personality profile.The five outcomes have been matched to the letters of the Quest name: Questioner, Understander, Energiser, Soldier, and Terrier. There are two hidden personality types which may or may not be discovered. A short description of the basic characteristics of each type is given, along with a few suggestions for suitable careers.Dave Duarte, of learning strategy company Huddlemind Labs and one of the developers of the test, says: “We took a real psychometric test, the type which Quest might use to screen job applicants, and adapted the tone of the questions to suit Facebook’s fun social environment.” While Facebook is not a professional environment, it is used by many professional people and Duarte says that in developing the application it was important to balance this fact with the fun and social environment of the site.The Facebook phenomenonAccording to the most recent statistics released by the social networking utility, Facebook is used most by people in the US, followed by the UK and Canada. In order of active users, the remaining top ten countries are Turkey, Australia, France, Sweden, Norway, Colombia, and South Africa. Demographics show that South Africa has over 650 000 users, of which 37% are men and 63% are women.Users have over 20 000 applications to choose from, ranging from fun and often downright silly, to functional and productive. Facebook says that 140 new applications are added every day. And with over 250 000 new users signing up every day, the site is home to people of all kinds.While there are many quizzes available on Facebook, the majority of which are designed to reveal facts about users’ personalities, not all of them can be said to be particularly precise. Says Duarte, “The Quest quiz is fun but it is also scientific and accurate.” He adds that the accuracy of the test combined with the aspect of fun will encourage Facebook users to share the application with their friends and colleagues.Other companies are jumping on the Facebook bandwagon. South African human resource website HR Future has started a Facebook group, where users who join can stay up-to-date with relevant industry issues regarding human capital. The group is aimed at professionals in the sector – HR managers and directors, HR and business consultants, and other executives.Useful linksQuest PersonnelDave DuarteHuddlemindHR FutureFacebookAlexaBusiness Process enabling South AfricaHR Future Facebook grouplast_img read more

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MySQL Co-Founder: “Save MySQL from Oracle’s Clutches”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#news#web Several days ago, we called MySQL’s falling prey to Oracle one of the top 10 tech-related failures of 2009.It seems we’re in good company, as one of MySQL’s founders, Monty Widenius, the man who spent the past 27 years creating and working on MySQL, is using his personal blog to incite a mass letter-writing campaign to the European Commission in order to ensure the open-source future of the popular database. We’re not the only ones who questioned whether MySQL would “succumb to corporate lameness” after a takeover by a major closed-source competitor. In fact, Widenius speculates that Oracle could close or even kill all or parts of MySQL.Although the U.S. Department of Justice approved Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this fall, the EC chose to open an investigation into the matter. The DOJ saw no problem with Oracle’s acquiring MySQL and focused instead on Java licensing issues.Widenius, who split from Sun earlier this year after — and entirely because — MySQL was acquired by Sun, wrote in October about how MySQL could be shuttered.“The easiest way to kill MySQL would be to not sell licenses any more or make their prices “really high”. Another scenario is that the development resources are drastically reduced in some important areas. Then people would stop believing in the future of MySQL, which slowly will kill the product… It’s safe to assume that both Sun and Oracle understand this.”Now, Widenius says MySQL — hardly an underdog in the space — has grown and stabilized to the point that it “hurts Oracle every day… Oracle [has] to lower prices all the time to compete with MySQL when companies start new projects. Some companies even migrate existing projects from Oracle to MySQL to save money.”Although Oracle has made several statements about the future of MySQL, here’s what Widenius says the company has not guaranteed:that all of MySQL and its parts, modules and tools will remain under an open source licensethat MySQL license and support prices will remain the samethat new versions and submitted patches will be released consistently and in a timely mannerthat dual licensing will continue and that affordable commercial licenses will be availablethat MySQL will be developed as an open source projectthat Oracle will work with the existing MySQL user communitythat discrimination will not occur when MySQL patches compete with Oracle productsthat MySQL will continue to be developed in ways that make it even more competitive with Oracle’s main offeringIn other words, by omitting certain language, Oracle has left itself more than enough ammunition to kill MySQL, if not execution-style then certainly over a long, slow, painful process of throttling innovation and freedom (as in beer and as in speech). Widenius points to Oracle’s handling of the InnoDB acquisition in 2005 as a possible sign of things to come. “In the end,” he writes, “Sun had to fork InnoDB, just to be able to improve performance.”So, without a list of users, Widenius is issuing a call to the entire open source community to help save MySQL from Oracle by emailing the EC and stating that either Oracle is not a fit steward for MySQL or that Oracle must make certain guarantees to ensure its open-source competitor’s success. EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is a known supporter of open-source technology; if user emails reach her before January 19 and make a significant impression, her office could shut the deal down.As we’ve reported in the past, MySQL usage is expected to drop if the acquisition is complete. It seems that Oracle is putting a bad taste in the mouth of more than a few open-source geeks.What’s your opinion? Do you think Oracle should be allowed to take MySQL and do with it as they please? Do you think Oracle should have to make certain guarantees to ensure the longevity and success of MySQL? Or do you think MySQL should simply go to a good home, a.k.a. a nonprofit foundation, and remain a standalone competitor to Oracle’s offering?Vote below, and let us know your full thoughts in the comments. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Lucknow IPS officer dies, suicide suspected

first_imgA 30-year old Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who had reportedly consumed some poisonous substance, died Sunday at a nursing home in Kanpur after battling for life for four days.Surendra Kumar Das, an officer of the 2014 batch, was posted as Superintendent of Police (East) in the city.A ‘suicide note’ was recovered from the scene of the incident; it mentioned “family issues” as the reason behind the extreme step.Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, a senior doctor at the nursing home where Mr. Das was undergoing treatment, had on Saturday said that many organs of the officer’s body had stopped functioning.Life supportHe was on life support in the intensive care unit. “He died during treatment on Sunday,” said an official spokesperson, adding that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed deep condolences to the family.A police official said: “The [suicide] letter stated that he was doing so [taking his life] because of family issues. The letter was addressed to his wife and further stated that he loved her a lot. The end of the letter stated that no one else was responsible for it.” At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, his wife, a doctor, noticed that his health had deteriorated suddenly.ADGP Kanpur zone Avinash Chandra said in Kanpur that Mr. Das consumed a rat poison that he had asked his domestic help to fetch for him from the market.last_img read more

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City aren’t Man Utd’s biggest problem – Neville

first_imgManchester United need to accept that there is “an absolute gulf” between themselves and arch-rivals Manchester City, says Gary Neville, with a top-four battle now their greatest concern.The Red Devils made the short trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday buoyed by a run of three successive victories, with battling qualities on display against Everton, Bournemouth and Juventus.They were, however, to take on their arch-rivals without Paul Pogba available to them through injury and with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku only handed places on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Anthony Martial was able to maintain his scoring run on derby day, but United slipped to a 3-1 defeat on the road and now sit eighth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind City and seven adrift of the Champions League spots.Former United star Neville told Sky Sports of the current situation and challenges: “It’s sobering to say but we shouldn’t compare Manchester United with Manchester City in terms of watching them at this moment in time.“There is an absolute gulf between the two teams in terms of performance levels. Twelve points is about right at this moment in time, after 12 games.“United’s biggest problem isn’t Manchester City, it’s how they get closer to the rest of the top four and get into that race. City, at this moment in time, are a different level all over the pitch.”United fell behind inside 12 minutes against City, as David Silva broke the deadlock, with Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan also netting for the Blues.Neville admits that Pogba proved to be a big miss for Mourinho, with the World Cup winner required in the biggest games to provide leadership and inspiration to those around him.Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19“I feared the worst when they arrived here and I was told he hadn’t travelled to the team hotel,” added the ex-England international.“This Manchester United team play in moments in big games. He delivers in moments.“He can give the ball away but he’s the one player that has the arrogance to think he can play in any stadium in the world, on any pitch in the world in front of any player in the world and take them on.“He believes in himself. It’s a great quality and shouldn’t be underestimated. To carry that through the scrutiny he has, the price tag, he still carries that weight in the Manchester United team and they look to him.“He’s the one player who can transfer the ball from back to front, in terms of he can carry the ball. He can play a pass – he’s got United’s most assists this season, he’s got three goals. They look to him and he’s had a relationship with Martial over the last few weeks.“I thought Manchester United were in deep trouble when he hadn’t travelled. I was thinking a midfield of [Nemanja] Matic, [Marouane] Fellaini and [Ander] Herrera, how are they going to get the ball through midfield? It was never going to happen without him.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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